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The Ultimate Puzzle Game Thread

11-14-2009, 07:24 PM
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The Ultimate Puzzle Game Thread

This thread is for fellow TouchArcade members to discuss puzzle games.

What exactly is a puzzle game?
In my opinion, a puzzle game is a game which requires logic and thinking (but not strategy) to play. Puzzle games typically require the player to manipulate a set of objects. They contain multiple levels and each level has a winning solution which is determined by a set of rules. No match-3 games please, unless the puzzle factor is overwhelming.



Old threads for reference (oldest to newer):
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=21007

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Last edited by Mew2468; 05-15-2010 at 12:48 AM.
11-14-2009, 07:25 PM
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My Personal Recommendations and Favorites

My Personal Recommendations and Favorites
These are puzzle games which I personally recommend. In my opinion, these are absolute must-haves.

PathPix [Lite] | PathPix Pro by Kris Pixton

PathPix is an amazing logic game where you have to draw paths between different colored numbers. Each path must connect 2 different numbers of the same color, and the length of the path must be equal to the numbers of the endpoints. If a puzzle is complete, the paths will occupy the entire grid. Upon completing a puzzle, the game displays a quote related to the picture that you just made with the paths.

PathPix Pro is the sequel to PathPix. It includes alternate puzzle modes such as "White Space" and "Two Colors".

PathPix contains over 150 puzzles, and PathPix Pro contains 300 puzzles.


TanZen [Lite] by Little White Bear Studios

TanZen is, bar none, the best Tangram game for the iPhone and iPod Touch platform. The rules of Tangram are simple - manipulate different tiles so that they form a shape. Intuitive controls and great graphics make TanZen a puzzle game gem that shouldn't be missed by anyone.

TanZen currently contains over 380 puzzles, and that number is constantly growing through frequent updates.


Zentomino [Lite] | Pentanimals [Lite] by Little White Bear Studios

Zentomino (and it's sibling, Pentanimals) are, simply put, Pentomino perfection. Both games are relatively the same, but Pentanimals replaces the Zen theme of Zentomino with a cute animal theme that appeals to children. Pentanimals also provides more hints than are allowed in Zentomino.

Zentomino currently contains over 200 puzzles and Pentanimals currently contains over 70 puzzles. Puzzles are constantly added in frequent updates by the developer, Little White Bear Studios.


Subway Shuffle [Lite] by Aubrey's Puzzles

Subway Shuffle is a very polished puzzle game. The goal of the same is to bring the main red subway train to it's station. There are other trains on the network of tracks that will block your way. Each train can only move on a track of it's color.

Subway Shuffle currently contains 100 levels.


Fling! by CandyCane

Fling! is a cute puzzle game in which you have to bump furballs into each other to leave only 1 remaining. Furballs can only roll straight (vertically and horizontally) and you cannot roll them straight off the screen. Also, you cannot roll adjacent furballs into each other.

There are over 10,000 unique puzzles guaranteeing you will never run into the same puzzle twice.


Arctopia: A Puzzle Game [Lite] by Alexander Williams

In Arctopia, you play a penguin trying to extinguish every flame on the level using ice and iron blocks. You can only move left and right (but you can hop up steps that are 1 level above you) and use the snowflake button. The snowflake button will affect the square 1 tile down and 1 tile away from you (depending which way you're facing). If there is ice in that square, the ice disappears. If there is nothing in that square, a block of ice forms. Ice will stick together, and you can only push single-block ice cubes.

All in all, Arctopia is a great arcade-styled puzzle game that you should pick up.

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Last edited by Mew2468; 01-24-2010 at 03:59 PM.

11-14-2009, 07:25 PM
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Highly Recommended Puzzle Games

Ancient Frog [Lite]

Bobby Carrot Forever [Lite]

Bobby Carrot Classic Series (click on icons)

Chuck the Ball

Combination [Lite]

Cross Fingers

Huebris

iBlast Moki

Ivory Tiles and Shift (same concept and developer, different themes)

Jabeh [Lite]

Monospace [Lite]

Skabooki

Str8ts

Theseus [Lite]

Toki Tori [Lite]

WindForce

Zen Bound [Lite]

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Last edited by Mew2468; 11-25-2009 at 08:43 PM.
11-14-2009, 07:26 PM
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User Suggested Puzzle Games
I realize that a long list of games isn't very helpful, and I've thought about turning every link into an [appinfo] tag instead, but that would make the post too long.

Nintaii [Lite]
PuzzleManiak
ArcadeManiak [Lite]
Catcha Mouse 2 [Lite]
Perfect Balance: Harmony [Lite] | Inferno [Lite] | Lost Trials [Pro]
Sheepish [Lite]
Trixel
Marple [Lite]
Vexed
Triazzle
MetaSquares
Block Drop
Cubit
Electric Box
Upside Down [Lite]
Double Maze
Archibald's Adventures [Lite]
Fission Quest
Kraut
Fusion
Enso•Dot [Lite]
Invasion of the Yakks
Big Booty [Lite]
Mystic Jewels
Pigs a Pop'n
Diabolika
Bag Bigfoot
iDonutConnect
Fleck
Form
Geared [Lite]
Alchemize [Lite]
Copy Cat: A Painter's Puzzle
CounterBalancE [Lite]
Zuigen
Magnetrox [Lite]
Skeleton Key [Lite]
Sheeple
Crystal Cave Classic
Hidato [Lite]
Double Maze [Lite]
Puzzle Paint
Blockhouse
Eliss [Lite]
Slideshot [Lite]
Moonlights
Numeri [Lite]
Push Genius [Lite]
Bugsy
Wumbo [Lite]
Go Go Rescue Squad [Lite]
Blubble
Wriggle
Supernova Blast [Lite]
Nurikabe Full [Lite]
Various Masyu Games by the same developer [Masyu] [Masyu Bug] [Monster Masyu]
Alio the Woodcutter [Lite]
Dots
Hedgehogs [Lite]
Zep's Dreamland
Rich Diamond [Lite]
SCRAPS
Hi,Cheese!!! [Lite]
Huje Tower
Hue Spectrum
Ynth [Lite]
BioSub
Fridger
TURN Episode 1: The Lost Artifact
Napsters
Mezopuzzle
Prison Breaker [Lite]
Jelly Blocks [Lite]
Neanderbal
Cubex All Star
Haunted Mirror Maze
iPharaoh
Adventure Zones [Lite]
Totemo
Mr. Puzzle Genius
DaVinci's Secret Machines
Turn The World [Lite]
Ballix
Puzzle Dice
Scorching Earth
Rescue Razzle
Puzzling Penguins
GoParking
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Eden
Bumper Boats
Rummage [Lite]
Tiki Totems
Turn & Run
Head Spin | Head Spin: Daily Edition
Bombermind
Labymania
Gravix
Cubes, Love and Diamonds
G-Force: The Game
Hoggy [Lite]
Launchball
PocketBall [Lite]
Emblem [Lite]
Dynamate [Christmas Edition] [Christmas Edition Lite]
Puzzling Penguins [Lite]
Brian.
Vortex
Chromixa [Lite]
Flipt
PegIt
Slime Lumia [Lite]

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Last edited by Mew2468; 07-03-2010 at 11:46 PM.
11-14-2009, 07:27 PM
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NeonTrek [Lite]
Tetryon
Buzzzle
TileStorm
Strimko
TheNovice [Lite]
NineGaps [Lite]
Phantom Mansion: The Red Chamber [Lite]
Aztec Quest [Lite]
Alien Axis
Drops Clear
The Inferno [Mini]
Minim [Lite]
Arroic [Lite]
Pathfinder [Lite]
Toy Mechanic
Khronologic [Lite]
13 Moons
Brukkon
BLOCKOBAN
Mr.Poo
Kaeru Jump
mondrian
Zamby [Lite]
Relix [Lite]
Puzzle Path
Rune Trails
Lost Treasure
Lines Deluxe - THE ADDICTIVE PUZZLE [Lite]
Druid Quest
Numeric Paranoia
Arkaneum Merchant
Artilect
Optia [Lite]
Ringo
KenKenKen
Quozzle Quest [Lite]
Tasty Way [Lite]
PenguinZ
Ice attack!
Obscurant
Pebbles
Block Exit 2
Squaree
The Gold Mine [Lite]
Daughter in the Box
Project Void
Block Out
Arroic [Lite]
Boulders
Secret of Lost Pyramid
Aargon [Lite]
Cubes 3D Revolution
Derelict
MysticalColors [Lite]
Cogs
SpinIn [Lite]
Isaac Newton's Gravity
Cat Trap
Berserker [Lite]
Colorbind [Lite]
Alice In Wonderland - An Adventure Beyond The Mirror [Lite]
MazeMouse
Hexarot
Space Junk-i [Lite]
Dungeoned [Lite]
Nintaii 2 [Lite]
PUZZLE DEVIL TOUCH! [Lite]
Twistum [Lite]
Magnus the Small [Lite]
Terror Bear
Adam & Eve Pick Up!Adam & Eve Pick Up Lite!
PushPixPull [Full] [Episodes 1 & 2] [Episodes 3 & 4] [Episodes 5 & 6] [Episodes 7 & 8]
Qbism [Lite]
Neurosis [Lite]
American McGee's Crooked House
Looped [Lite]
Zarik
Chicks
CruX™
Birdie in Trouble [Lite]
Sudoku HD for iPad
Puzzle Chess
KENKEN Pro By Will Shortz
Blocktagon - 100% Original Puzzler [Lite]
MatchMore [Lite]
Ball Boom - Elements [Lite]
Twistrix
Swisch [Lite]
SWAP The Matrix
Absolute Partition [Lite]
Pebble Jump [Lite]
Beargo
Jewelcart PRO - Casual Puzzle Game
[Lite]
Gambol
100 Leaps
Pinch
Sole
U Connect [Lite]
Cat Physics
Marblenauts
Shape Escape [Lite]
Germinal [Lite]
Red Remover
Frogiz [Lite]
Kraut Puzzles
Aqueduct
Ninja Stealth Missions [Lite]
Mystic Garden
ELEMENTS

iPad Puzzle Games:
None yet. D:

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Last edited by Mew2468; 08-05-2010 at 08:08 PM.
11-14-2009, 08:22 PM
#6
You started the thread by quoting what a puzzle game is and then listed your favorites which are NOT puzzle games according to what you originally stated. The games you recommended are exactly what many think of as puzzle games. They are not games in which you move a person to different locations and "solve" puzzles ie. RTMI, Myst, Darkest Fear etc.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mew2468 View Post
My Personal Recommendations and Favorites
These are puzzle games which I personally recommend. In my opinion, these are absolute must-haves.

PathPix [Lite] by Kris Pixton

PathPix is an amazing logic game where you have to draw paths between different colored numbers. Each path must connect 2 different numbers of the same color, and the length of the path must be equal to the numbers of the endpoints. If a puzzle is complete, the paths will occupy the entire grid. Upon completing a puzzle, the game displays a quote related to the picture that you just made with the paths.

PathPix contains over 150 puzzles.


PathPix Pro by Kris Pixton

PathPix Pro is the sequel to PathPix. It currently includes 300 puzzles and different game modes such as "White Space" and "Two Colors".


TanZen [Lite] by Little White Bear Studios

TanZen is, bar none, the best Tangram game for the iPhone and iPod Touch platform. The rules of Tangram are simple - manipulate different tiles so that they form a shape.

TanZen currently contains over 380 puzzles, and that number is constantly growing.


Zentomino [Lite] | Pentanimals [Lite] by Little White Bear Studios

Zentomino (and it's sibling, Pentanimals) are, simply put, Pentomino perfection. Both games are relatively the same, but Pentanimals replaces the Zen theme of Zentomino with a cute animal theme that appeals to children. Pentanimals also provides more hints than are allowed in Zentomino.

Zentomino currently contains over 200 puzzles and Pentanimals currently contains over 70 puzzles. Little White Bear Studios is constantly working hard to add more puzzles to their games in frequent updates.


Subway Shuffle [Lite] by Aubrey's Puzzles


Fling! by CandyCane
11-14-2009, 08:30 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Claridosa View Post
You started the thread by quoting what a puzzle game is and then listed your favorites which are NOT puzzle games according to what you originally stated. The games you recommended are exactly what many think of as puzzle games. They are not games in which you move a person to different locations and "solve" puzzles ie. RTMI, Myst, Darkest Fear etc.
True...it is slightly misleading. I better go reword it.

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11-14-2009, 08:33 PM
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Yes, you need to change it to something other than "puzzle games" according to the definition you quoted. The games you are listing are "real" puzzle games not involving a person like Myst, RTMI, etc.
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Originally Posted by Mew2468 View Post
True...it is slightly misleading. I better go reword it.
11-14-2009, 08:37 PM
#9
This thread is a continuation of the original thread because Mew ran out of space on the front pages of that original thread to list more games. These are indeed puzzle games as defined. I don't believe most people consider Myst a puzzle game. Myst is a highly intensive graphic adventure game with puzzle elements. Same with the others you listed as well as both Simon the Sorcerers and others. Just because a game has puzzle parts IN it does not classify it as a puzzle game as its FIRST classification.

This has been a very long standing thread which is all encompassing for a specific type of puzzler.

Mew's definition was simply NOT to include all the match 3 bejeweled clones, tetris clones etc. It IS a puzzle thread! I think you misunderstood the moving people part. While games like Myst and Simon the Sorcerer command you to guide a person around, Mew's puzzle games must have levels and some of those puzzles such as Toki Tori, Sheeple, and others manipulate people, animals, etc, to get to a goal.
11-14-2009, 08:43 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by New England Gamer View Post
Mew's puzzle games must have levels and some of those puzzles such as Toki Tori, Sheeple, and others manipulate people, animals, etc, to get to a goal.
People, animals, pieces, etc. I think that's where the confusion started.

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